Read Revelation 2 today.

This chapter, and the next, include letters to some of the churches in region that is now Turkey. Typically when I read these, I am wondering how to apply the specific positive characteristics of each to the places where I am serving. I also look to see where we may have adopted some of the negative characteristics and need an adjustment.
Today the repetition of the phrase “I know” seemed to jump out at me. It is one of those characteristics of God we tend to know, yet forget. God knows. God knows our best features, He knows our worst habits. God desires to celebrate our best, yet does not ignore our worst.
Are you ready and willing to accept God’s pat on the back for your obedient service? Are you equally ready and willing to receive a swift kick (perhaps a little lower) when that is what is needed?
Revelation 2:2, 9, 13, 19 NLT
[2] “I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars.
[9] “I know about your suffering and your poverty-but you are rich! I know the blasphemy of those opposing you. They say they are Jews, but they are not, because their synagogue belongs to Satan.
[13] “I know that you live in the city where Satan has his throne, yet you have remained loyal to me. You refused to deny me even when Antipas, my faithful witness, was martyred among you there in Satan’s city.
[19] “I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.